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Adventure Science Center

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Address: 800 Fort Negley Blvd, Nashville, TN 37203-4833 (Formerly Cumberland Science Museum)
Phone Number: +1 615-862-5160
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

Adventure Science Center is an independent, not-for-profit educational...

Adventure Science Center is an independent, not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to igniting curiosity and inspiring the lifelong discovery of science since 1945. With 44,000 square feet of exhibit space, the Center features nearly 200 hands-on exhibits focused on biology, physics, visual perception, listening, mind, air and space, energy and earth science.

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Field trip!

Our children loved the science center and learned so much! The planetarium was awesome and all of the hands on exhibits are perfect for young and old alike!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Florence, Alabama
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Hopkinsville, Kentucky
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66 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The show and attractions are cool. We love the hands on material. Busy place and kids everywhere but fun.

Florence, Alabama
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149 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Our children loved the science center and learned so much! The planetarium was awesome and all of the hands on exhibits are perfect for young and old alike!

Thank SlickNEO
Lexington, Kentucky
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47 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was good experience for my 4 year old son. They have decent exhibits and IMAX is good. But after 3 hours it started to feel boring. The show Astronaut was not good at all - as a matter of fact it hardly showed any space. The dog exhibit was not that great for young kids because it involved lot... More 

Thank Best_traveler_now
Nashville, Tennessee
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26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Many of the attractions are getting a bit dated, but if you kid hasnt had a visit before, its worth going, there are many things for them to see and have fun with, but after a few field trips or visits with you it will wear down a bit. They also do some fun themed nights for families and some... More 

Thank Wolfie913
Conway, Arkansas
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102 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent almost all day here. Took 2 twelve year olds and they loved it. The place was not super crowded and we loved all the different experiences. The human body section was our favorite. It was done so well and there are some fun games to play in that area. We watched the planetarium show about great white sharks.... More 

Thank LynnKT
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24 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was the perfect summer afternoon activity with young children. Our preschooler loved the museum and it gave us a respite from the heat!

Thank abwoli
Nashville, Tennessee
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32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don't let the word "science scare you off!" The planetarium shows are truly special; the "Way Late Play Date" is great for date nights; there is something there of interest for people of all ages

Thank jtt37
Yorkville, Illinois
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15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took advantage of the late afternoon discounted admission deal. We enjoyed the Planetarium, the huge climber, the bees, and the health sections during our quick visit. It was the perfect amount of time for our 4 children (ages 7-11). If you have a membership at your local science museum, be sure to check your reciprocal benefits & bring your... More 

Thank Maribeth1970
Nashville, Tennessee
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43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I suggest waiting to near the end of the day to get a discount on this unless you know that it's something you're going to love. We went to see the Wolf to Woof display and it wasn't what I expected. From the title of the display, I thought it was going to teach about the evolution of dogs, but... More 

Thank Kelly C
Miller Place, New York
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We are from NY and were visiting family in Tennessee. We were looking for something fun to do on a very hot day. My boys are 8 and 10. After reading some reviews, I was concerned that my boys were too old and might not enjoy it. That wasn't the case at all. They had a blast (so did the... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee

I have a couple of questions about the blue max simulator. Is it just a flight simulator or can it be a roller coaster simulator? If it can be a roller coaster simulator, can the passengers program the roller coaster? When it is a flight simulator, what activities can people do on it? Is the flight simulator just a combat simulator or is it a simulator where you just get to fly a plane? How much does it cost for two people? How much does it cost for one person? How long does the simulator last for? Are the joysticks on both sides of the seats, or are they on one side? How comfortable is the seat that the passengers sit in? How comfortable is the over the shoulder harness that is used to secure the passengers? How tight can the over the shoulder harness be? Can the restraints be as tight as the passengers want it? When do you choose what mode you want the simulator to be in? How much will my body move while the simulator is in motion? Where should my arms and legs be while the staff is strapping the passengers in? How popular is the simulator? Can the passengers hold on to the over the should harness? Can the passengers hold hands while the simulator is in motion? On the roller coaster setting of the simulator, can the passengers set the intensity, or is it set at a certain intensity? Is the flight simulator or roller coaster mode more popular? How much of my body will move that is inside the restraints? Do you enjoy the flight simulator or roller coaster more? How do you operate the joysticks? Should my head be against the seat or is it free to move? Should I try to keep my legs on the ground or are they free to move? How many forces are on my body during the ride? How intense are the forces on the body? If you could answer my questions I would be very happy. Thanks, Blackhole6670.

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